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Published:
May 17, 2017

This Sunday, May 21st, marks the point at which the tours of two of South Africa’s most beloved and dapper sons meet. In association with music agency Black Major and Neighbourgoods Market Cape Town, the Old Biscuit Mill will play host to Petite Noir and Bongeziwe Mabandla, for what is undeniably one of the most exciting events the city has seen this year. Both of whom will be strongly basing the remainder of their respective tours on the foundations of the exciting Igoda Southern African Music Festivals Circuit.


The two internationally acclaimed artists meet at an extremely exciting time for both of them: Bongeziwe has just released his second album Mangaliso, following his 2012 debut Umlilo, and Petite Noir follows up his Southern African Noirwave tour with performances at both Afropunk Festivals in London and Paris in July. I caught up with them to see where they're at and to chat about all the things they're excited about.


Igoda Music Festivals Circuit


For both musicians, Sunday's performance forms part of their respective tours where they will meet again at Zakifo Festival in Durban on May 27th and Sakifo Festival in Reunion Island from June 2nd-4th. I asked them for some thoughts on the Igoda (meaning “knot” or “to bind together” in isiZulu) Music Festivals Circuit - to which both festivals belong: "Touring in Africa, I'm very excited for it. I have always wanted to play those festivals so I was very happy when I got the offer. I'm excited to present Noirwave to the people and inspire them to be the best that they can be," says Petite Noir.


Bongeziwe reminisces about his two previous visits to Reunion Island, while he was still growing in his musical journey: "I'm excited to go back with a new band and new music. I feel this is the right time to be back and begin my journey there. I also love the country and the warmness of the people." He goes on to express how excited he is for Durban as it's not yet a frequent destination for him and he's looking forward to the opportunity to share his new music and message with fans from the east coast city.


Afropunk, Mangaliso & New Music


In terms of other exciting things for both musicians, I asked Petite Noir what he's most excited for regarding his upcoming performances at both Afropunk Festivals in London and Paris: "I've played Afropunk before in New York. It was next level. It's a great festival. I can't wait to see what it's like in Europe!"


Bongeziwe has just released his second album, Mangaliso (meaning "Miracle" in isiXhosa), which majestically balances sonic and spiritual elements of the traditional music from his home in the Eastern Cape province with contemporary instrumentation and production. "I am filled with gratitude. I have been working on this for a while, so I'm excited to move on to the next chapter of my life. I wanted this album to represent a more mature side of me. I have grown since Umlilo and my view and perception of the world has changed. I see it in a more spiritual way. I think that is the main difference, but also the sound is a little less predictable," he articulates in response to my asking how he's feeling and what he thinks has seen the greatest shift in terms of his approach to writing the album. I followed this up by asking what his greatest focus is when translating his songs to a live performance: "I guess the main focus was to make them very recognizable, very creative and interesting. I was influenced a lot by bands like Little Dragon and the way they arrange their sets."


To sign things off, I asked them both what fans can expect for the near future. Petite Noir will be off to Europe soon and will be recording new material along the way and hints towards a release some time soon. Bongeziwe will be looking to write more music with his new band - forever representing the beautiful influences from the Eastern Cape rural landscapes.


Sunday Edition Presents at Neighbourgoods Market


Be sure to catch these two incredibly exciting and gifted musicians on Sunday in Cape Town at Sunday Edition Presents: Petite Noir x Bongeziwe Mabandla. Early Bird tickets are already sold out, so if you're looking to go you should head speedily over here to secure remaining Pre-Sale tickets. If you find yourself hella excited but not in Cape Town, check out Petite Noir and Bongeziwe Mabandla's pages for further tour info.

Bongeziwe Mabandla - Mangaliso

Bongeziwe Mabandla - Mangaliso

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jun 26, 2017

Lorde (born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Conno) has just released her long-awaited album Melodrama and followed that with a debut performance at Glastonbury. Both resulted in huge success for the 20 year-old New Zealander: Melodrama is the #1 album on the Billboard 200 Chart and all reports of Glastonbury involve high acclaim for Lorde's daring show. 


Lorde's New Album Melodrama


Melodrama has just kicked Katy Perry out of her #1 spot on the Billboard charts, with over 100,000 album units sold. Lorde reached out to fans on Twitter to express gratitude:


https://twitter.com/lorde/status/879339994472738816


2 Chainz' album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music is sitting at #2 on the charts with DAMN. from Kendrick Lamar taking the third spot. 


Melodrama follows Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, released in 2013 and known for its hugely successful track–"Royals." The first release off the new album is "Green Light" and the reactions from fans thus far has been overwhelmingly positive. Melodrama serves as a diary through adolescence, specifically though the range of emotions felt at a party...and fans are feeling it: 


https://twitter.com/terrorpigeon/status/878479455668367361


Lorde at Glastonbury


Picture this: a massive stage, even bigger crowd, sheer darkness and a glass cage. Enter Lorde, who engages with her audience through melodramatic theatrics. Around her, dancers act out scenes from a party, as influenced by the album's inspiration. This was the singer's first performance at Glastonbury; fans and critics are eating it up, although some considered it slightly self-indulgent. 


Being different is what gained her the title of being the youngest solo-artist to achieve a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987 with "Royals." And different is what has continued to see her through to even more success. As she puts it:



when i was a kid i thought big records had to be made a certain way—to be sterile & calculated in craft; that something had to be sacrificed. i have had the divine thrill of disproving that firsthand, twice over. 



 Image Source: digboston

Lorde - Green Light

Lorde - Green Light

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jun 23, 2017

The Killers' new album, Wonderful Wonderful, will be released this year. The pretty well-known, The Killers formed in 2001, which was when they recorded their first track "Mr. Brightside." The band have released four studio albums, last one being 2012's Battle Born. Five years later they're following it with Wonderful Wonderful


Wonderful Wonderful Release Date


The album is set for release in September of this year. The Killers have released a track called "The Man," to which you can listen below. It's a fairly new sound for the band, with a slight disco feel, nudging fans to wonder what the overall listening-experience for Wonderful Wonderful might be. 


The Killers' Brandon Flowers


Taking charge of lead vocals and the keyboard, Brandon Flowers, is The Killers' frontman. He has already released a solo debut album called Flamingo, and his second one - The Desired Effect - was affected by The Killers' Battle Born, meaning that he had to cut short the allotted time he had planned to spend on promotion. 


Wonderful Wonderful hasn't proven easier for Flowers to record. All four members of the band - Brandon Flowers, Ronnie Vannucci, Dave Keuning & Mark Stoermer - live in different states. Trying to coordinate them has resulted in Wonderful Wonderful taking the longest of all the albums to come together. 


"The Man" By The Killers


As mentioned above, their first release from the album, "The Man," isn't quite what we've come to know as The Killers' sound. It was produced by Jacknife Lee who has worked with the likes of Bloc Party, Silversun Pickups & Taylor Swift. This Irish producer is all about experimentation, working with hip hop & funk records as well as a boom box in the recording of Wonderful Wonderful. "The Man" however, was inspired by a Kool & the Gang track that the band used a sample from, and then recreated. Maybe it's the Kool & the Gang track we've featured down below.


Image Source: Andrew Kendall

The Killers - The Man

The Killers - The Man

The Knocks vs. Kool & The Gang - Celebrate The Feeling

The Knocks vs. Kool & The Gang - Celebrate The Feeling

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